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Pemex sees interest for drilling platform tender

Meetings for pre-qualification process covering facilities at Maloob field attract a large number of companies

Pemex has seen wide interest from companies following the launch of an international public tender to provide two drilling platforms for the Maloob field, called Maloob-E and Maloob-I.

A pair of meetings held to address questions around the pre-qualification process drew 19 attendees at the first and 21 at the second.

The list of players asking questions included Sapura, Permaducto, Operadora Cicsa, Ica Fluor, Subtec, Commsa, Eseasa, Dragados Offshore, Hoc Offshore and Arendal.

Other names listed included Petrolmeca, Grinnav, Servicios de Mantenimiento y Logistica del Golfo, Grupo Empresarial de Asistencia en Servicios Aplicados, Industria de Hierro, DM Ingenieros, Agencia Naviera Consignataria Marine Continental Offshore and Constructors Akal B y L.

Companies had to file to pre-qualify for the tender this week, with the list of pre-qualified companies planned to be published on 14 August.

The contenders are then scheduled to present their proposals on 10 September, with results to be announced on 24 September.

Pemex's plan for Maloob is to improve recovery and stem declines at the field, which taps into one of Mexico’s most productive plays.

The plans also include the installation of two octopod platforms, six pipelines — four for both oil and gas and two lines for only gas — as well as abandonment at the end of the field's life.

In addition to drilling capability, the platforms would also provide separation and compression tying into already extensive infrastructure at the field, as well as four oil and gas pipelines.

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission signed off on a modified development plan in August 2018 covering some $7 billion of investment over the life of the production assignment, from 2018 to 2034.

The field produced about 458,600 barrels per day of oil last year, about 24.6% of the nation’s production. The contract does not meet the criteria for requiring any specific local content provision, but according to standards for projects of an “international nature” the winning contractor must keep track of local content reached.

The contracting strategy has taken a different approach to that of many of the bid processes recently launched by the company since Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office last year.

Pemex — led by chief executive Octavio Romero Oropeza — has largely opted to skip full public tenders in favour of restricted invitation processes for priority fields with the goal of speeding up procurement and bringing resources to production faster, with domestic players frequent winners.

The modified Maloob plan approved last year proposes stepped-up activity at the field covering the drilling of 22 wells, 53 major workovers and 387 minor workovers.

The area is currently producing from 73 wells from Cretaceous formations.

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